I recently met a first time producer who told me he needed $2 million to make his first feature. When I looked a little surprised, he confided: "Well it needs to be shot underwater, so it's expensive." Given that I talk to filmmakers all day, I hear this kind of misdirected thinking a LOT! Let's get down to basics with some reality checks about how the film industry really works.
Joanne Butcher has worked extensively with hundreds of filmmakers from the US, UK, Brazil, Cuba, the Caribbean and Latin America. She has been mentored by James Schamus (producer/screenwriter Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger, HIdden Dragon); Ted Hope (producer, In the Bedroom, 21 Grams); Laura Bickford, (producer, Traffic), and Lucy and Luis Carlos Barreto who have made over 200 films in Brazil and produced 2 filmmaker sons who have both been nominated for Oscars.
Joanne was the former Director of the Alliance Cinema on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, IFP/Miami and a founder of IFP/National. She created and spearheaded the Florida Statewide Film Competition that provided $200,000 cash and services to a feature film. She has taught film financing and screenwriting.
When: May 4, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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